Before our new year even begins, the faculty and staff at Farnsworth Middle School and our Elementary schools begin identifying, planning for and scheduling students for additional math supports in the form of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an understanding of what AIS Math is and how it is implemented for our middle school youngsters.
AIS Math is instruction designed to work on individual student weaknesses specifically in mathematics. Our goal as teachers is to identify and strengthen student’s weaknesses in math to help them be successful in their regular classroom and to fill any instructional gaps.
Our first step is to identify students that may have weaknesses in Math. AIS Math is mandated by the New York State Department of education specifically for students who have not demonstrated proficiency. Specifically, students who score at a performance level of a midlevel 2 or lower must be considered for interventions. In addition to the NYS assessment in Mathematics we also review and consider the following:
- Teacher Recommendations
- End of Year bench mark assessments from their previous year
- I Ready diagnostic data
- Quarterly grades
At any time during the school year a student can be referred for AIS Math from their counselor and or classroom teacher. The AIS Math team reviews student’s progress throughout the year, collaborate with our Math teachers and discuss what students need.
Academic Interventions in Math can be provided for students in three ways. They include pull out sessions scheduled with an AIS Math teacher, push-in services and monitoring.
- Pull-out Services: This is scheduled for students most often during access and students work in small groups with an AIS Math teacher. AIS Math Classes are 40 minutes every other day and are geared to provide very specific intervention and are the most intensive form of interventions offered at FMS. This form of intervention will be seen on a student’s schedule.
- Push-in Services: Students who demonstrate that they need a less intense form of service or who’s schedule may not allow are provided with additional support from an AIS Math teacher during their regular Math class. The AIS Math teacher often co-teaches, assists students as needed and or provides small group instruction when appropriate and right in the classroom. All students benefit from this form of intervention. AIS Math will not show on a student’s schedule that has been identified as receiving push-in services.
- Monitor: A monitor status is designated for those students who have few or limited gaps but still need some interventions services. They are assigned to their classroom teacher to provide support as needed. The classroom teacher will monitor their progress, provide additional support during tutorial or may provide additional practice to improve fluencies. AIS Math will not show on a student’s schedule that has been identified as monitor status.
This year all grade 6 students will start with a form of support called push-in services so that we can get to know our students and make informed decisions about their math skills and needs. It is the primary goal of the AIS team to meet the individual math needs of our students and to transition them to the High School so that they will be successful in Algebra I. The AIS team is excited to work with your students this year and are looking forward to meeting your students. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the team or myself.
This year’s AIS Math team is:
- Ashley Girard -Grade 6 -8 AIS Math
- Kelly Rymer – Grades 6-8 AIS Math
- Susan Kavanaugh – Grades 6-8 Math
- Beverly Bisnett-Jenks – Instructional Administrator for Math, Science and Tech
Best Wishes on a successful 2019/2020 School Year!
Math, Science and Technology Instructional Administrator
Farnsworth Middle School
518-456-6010 ext. 3089